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At our Gulfport location we offer the following bartending and casino dealing classes:



3-Week Bartending Course

The emphasis of the 3-week Bartending course is on mastering the art of mixing drinks quickly and properly. Upon graduation, the student will have the confidence and ability to step behind any bar, without any hesitation, and mix drinks proficiently. The key to mastering this art is practice, therefore students can expect to spend much of their class time behind the bar mixing cocktails.

12-Week Beverage Management Course

Crescent is unique in offering a 12-week Beverage Management course that's designed to help you move into a Head Bartender or Beverage Manager position. This class is the only one of its kind in the nation, along with its impressive hands-on bartending/mixology training, you will also learn a wide range of management skills along with intensive product knowledge training. This class is eligible for financial aid.                         

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Casino Gaming

Dealer Instruction: Focused on What Employers and Players Expect

Crescent's Casino Dealer Training programs provide up-to-the-minute, relevant instruction on all the latest gaming trends and techniques.  What you learn is based on the primary skills employers want to see in the dealers they hire AND what players like to see in the dealers they interact with and tip on the casino floor.

With our “hands on” teaching methods, Crescent School graduates learn a complete understanding of the gaming business. In addition, they will be thoroughly conversant with the rules, techniques, systems, procedures, equipment, and theory in their choice of one (or all) of the following casino games: Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Mini-Baccarat/Carnival Games, and Craps. The student’s skills and abilities will be developed to a point that qualifies them for employment, at an entry level position (or higher) in the exciting casino industry.

Choose One of Our Casino Dealer Programs

► 350-hour Two-Game Dealing Program (Choose to be trained in two of the following games): Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Mini-Baccarat/Carnival Games, or Craps.

► 750-hour Comprehensive Dealing Program: With this option, you'll be trained in all of the most popular games available at casinos and on cruise ships worldwide, including, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Mini-Baccarat/Carnival Games, and Craps.

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Financial Aid

Crescent is one of the only bartending and casino gaming schools in the U,S. to be approved to accept U.S. Financial Aid.

Applying for financial aid is a simple process. It will all be worth it to start a new career as a bartender or casino dealer. Just contact the Admissions Representative at the Crescent campus you want to attend (see below), and we can walk you through the process and answer all your questions about how to pay for your tuition.

The types of financial aid available include:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Stafford Loans
  • VA Funding
  • WIA/WIN Funding

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Job Placement Assistance

At our Gulfport/Biloxi locatoin, Crescent has a Placement Director that works one-on-one with each gaming and mixology student to help them find a job before they graduate. Our placement staff will assist you in arranging auditions and job interviews, Many times, they call ahead to personally speak with the hiring manager about your extensive training and to highlight your many talents.

At Crescent, one of our top priorities is to help each student succeed; we take assisting you in finding a good bartending or casino job to heart. And, because we're an accredited school, governed by ACCET, we have to maintain an exemplary placement record to remain accredited. Getting certified from Crescent means you'll be considered from the first day you apply to bars, hotels, restaurants, resorts, and casinos in your chosen geographic area. We also work with cruise ships and with international casinos across the globe.

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The Mississippi Coast: A Fine Tradition of Gaming and Entertainment

Gambling and partying along the Mississippi Gulf Coast is centuries old. Early inhabitants of the region‌, including the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians, gambled regularly. When the Europeans and Africans arrived, they brought cards and billiards. In the 1790s when Mississippi was a Spanish territory, residents built the Fleetfield Horse Race Track in Natchez. Just like today, many early 19th-century travelers went to the Mississippi Coast on the Gulf of Mexico to enjoy its mild weather and lavish resorts. Early tourist destinations in Biloxi included the Magnolia Hotel, the Nixon Hotel, Madame Pradat’s, and the Shady Grove Hotel. Schooner races were also popular along the Gulf.  

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, gambling was viewed as a way to bolster the economy, especially along the Gulf Coast. By 1950, the opening of U.S. Highway 90, increased travel along the Coast. In nightclubs lining Highway 90, Hollywood entertainers performed nightly, drawing big crowds along “The Mississippi Strip.” On June 29, 1990, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Mississippi Gaming Control Act, allowing gambling in counties along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast, as long as the voters approved.

Build A Nice Career on the Gulf Coast

In 1992, the Isle of Caprice Casino opened in Biloxi, followed by other casinos, but then in 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out the Gulfport and Biloxi casinos. Today, after rebuilding, legalized gambling exists in Neshoba, Tunica, Washington, Adams, Warren, Hancock, and Harrison counties. There are about thirty gaming properties along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River, with a dozen on the Gulf Coast.

Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi (which are 13 miles apart) are filled with visitors flocking to the many casinos, resturants, bars, tourist attractions, golf courses, beaches, and fishing spots on the coast. Some of the most popular Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos include: Beau Rivage, Harrah's, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Golden Nugget, and Island View. The whole area is an affordable place to live - a great place for bartenders and casino dealers to call home. Getting training by an accredited school has never been easier.

Our Gulfport campus is ideally located just a couple of blocks from the beach area and minutes from all the local casinos. The facility is approximately 7,800 square feet. Parking is available in front, on the side, and in the rear of the building. To better facilitate our programs, the labs simulate the actual workplace and a re complete, featuring two full-size bars with eight work stations each, and a gaming lab featuring 17 regulation size tables.

At Crescent's Gulfport, Mississippi campus, call (228) 822-2444 and speak with our Admissions Representatives, Daryl or Autumn.

Address: 1306 29th Avenue, Gulfport MS 39501